Q: How long is it OK for my baby to cry?
Remembering babies cry to communicate, consider if the crying is normal for your baby or is a sign of baby being unwell. Seek medical advice if you have any concerns.
In the first few months, babies’ cries should be answered promptly, since it’s normally a sign they need attention or affection—they might be hungry, tired, wet or have wind pain. A parent’s quick and effective response to their needs helps to promote parent and child bonding.
What is often helpful is the establishment of a good routine so that baby learns it is time to sleep. A bath, massage, feed, low lights, placement in the cot and quiet time can all help with this. Routines take time to develop and babies learn to self-settle at different stages in their development.
Parents who are experiencing difficulties with uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby can seek help from their early childhood health centre, or the Tresillian or Karitane 24-hour helplines.
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Any advice given is general in nature and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and must not be relied upon as such. For any healthcare advice, always consult a healthcare practitioner.